IMPORTANT NOTICE: If you were planning to hike from the Los Liones Trailhead, per original announcement, Kim Halizak injured her knee and cannot now lead that group. No one responded to my plea for another leader for that group, so we will ONLY depart from Trippet Ranch.
If you like ocean views, then this hike is a must-see, must-do event. Even if you live in the city, getting to Trippet Ranch is not too difficult (see below)
We did this hike last October from Los Liones, but I wanted to add the other trailhead to make it easier for the many members in the SV and Simi valleys to also attend. Click here to see the earlier hike's page with LOTS of cool photos (http://www.meetup.com/The-PM-Hikers/events/84472602/) and a broader description of the hike from the city side.
So here's the deal. Try to bring something consumable that you can share with others, liquid and/or finger food. We'll all meet at the top where you will have stunning views of the Santa Monica beach, downtown LA a bit further to the left, and the southern reaches of Malibu to the right. We'll have time to watch the sunset and the lights of the city come up, socialize, and then head back our mostly separate ways to the two starting locations.
Round Trip Distance: 6 miles
Elevation Gain: Not really sure, but not so much from Trippet
Dogs: No. This is in a State Park where dogs are not allowed on hikes.
Restrooms: Yes, at the starting location.
Water Fountain: Yes.
Parking: Free, BUT see very important detail below.
Trail: Fire Road
Sunset: 7:03 pm
Directions: For Trippet, take Topanga Cyn road and watch for the sign for Entrada Road that takes you up to Topanga State Park. Click the link above.
Parking: For Trippet, do NOT go to the paid parking lot inside Topanga State Park, or your car will be locked in when you return after dark! Instead, find free street parking along Entrada before you enter the State Park, but make sure you park only where permitted, which is generally on the left side as you are driving up along Entrada. Alternatively, you can drive to the top of Entrada, then find parking up there on Entrada or along the other side streets. From there, it's a short walk back to the little blacktop that enters the State Park. Just watch for signs so you don't park where you are not supposed to. The Trippet trailhead is on the far right end of the main paid parking lot near the top of Entrada.
Known Dangers: Slip and fall, rattlesnakes, even potentially Mountain Lions.
Our hike difficulty categories:
Beginner: No steep sections. Up to 4 miles in distance and no more than 750' elevation gain.
Intermediate: 4-10 miles, and/or up to 2000' elevation gain.
Advanced: More than 10 miles, and/or more than 2000' elevation gain.
Disclaimer / Release of Liability:
You must RSVP to attend this event, no exceptions. Hiking and other outdoor events are inherently dangerous and accidents can happen. By participating in any posted event, you're taking responsibility for your own safety and well-being. This Meetup Group and its organizers are not trained leaders and we do not confirm the qualifications of any of its members to lead or participate in trips. All participants take full responsibility for their own actions. You are responsible for you. If you choose to sign up for any events, you are releasing the Group and its organizers from all liability in case of possible injuries. Your personal safety depends on your own judgement and experience. This applies to any guests you may invite.